Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Press and Police Links Forged over Dinners and Drinks

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Press and Police Links Forged over Dinners and Drinks

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Byline: Tom Harper

THE close links between Scotland Yard and News International executives were today coming under intense scrutiny -- from private dinners to drinks after work.

Former News of the World deputy editor Neil Wallis, arrested yesterday on suspicion of phone hacking, has been lunching Met detectives since he was the self-styled "World's Greatest Reporter" on the Daily Star.

The 60-year-old continued to maintain friendships within the force as he rose to executive-level positions at the Sunday Mirror and The People.

On the News of the World, Wallis ghost-wrote a column for Met Commissioner John Stevens headlined "The Chief".

He was also a key player in landing the serialisation rights to the former Met chief's autobiography.

As the phone-hacking scandal gathered pace, Scotland Yard was forced to publish a list of meals shared between senior officers and the disgraced Sunday tabloid.

Current Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson had eight meals with News of the World executives at the time his officers were responsible for investigating the newspaper. …

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